By ZADIE SMITH | September 6, 2012 It’s difficult to know what to ask a rapper. It’s not unlike the difficulty (I imagine) of being a rapper. Whatever you say must be considered from at…
Peer review is the process that decides whether your work gets published in an academic journal. It doesn't work very well any more, mainly as a result of the enormous number of papers that are…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 5, 2011
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2373 words)
On the morning of September 11, 2001, editors and designers at Esquire were making final changes to the…
PUBLISHED: Aug. 9, 2011
LENGTH: 23 minutes (5911 words)
The cutting edge is in mobile and location-based technology, such as Grindr, a smartphone app for gay men that tells subscribers when there are other willing subscribers in their vicinity. Many Internet dating companies, including Grindr, are trying to devise ways to make this kind of thing work for straight people, which means making it work for straight women, who may not need an app to know that they are surrounded by willing straight men.
"That scum!" Boris Yeltsin fumed. "It's a coup. We can't let them get away with it." It was the morning of Aug. 19, 1991, and the Russian president was standing at the door of his dacha in Arkhangelskoe, a compound of small country houses outside Moscow where the top Russian government officials lived. I had raced over from my own house nearby, after a friend called from Moscow, frantic and nearly hysterical, insisting that I turn on the radio. There had been a coup; Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev had been removed from power.
PUBLISHED: June 20, 2011
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2569 words)